The Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. We are the leading think tank in the United States applying quantitative and qualitative analysis of public policy through a gendered lens.

IWPR advances women’s status through social science research, policy analysis, and public education. We develop new policy ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, and promote sound policy and program development. Our work also helps to change minds and improve the practices of institutions. IWPR operates on the principle that knowledge is power and that social science evidence based on strong data and analysis, compellingly presented and systematically disseminated, makes a difference in moving public policy.

IWPR offers a variety of roles for economists at different levels of education and experience.


Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship

In honor of pioneering feminist economist Mariam K. Chamberlain (MKC), IWPR offers an MKC Fellowship in public policy to a promising scholar each year. The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow contributes to a variety of research projects to inform policies affecting women. This is a full-time position for one academic year, and may transition to a permanent role at IWPR at the end of the year pending adequate funding and satisfactory performance.


Doctoral Fellows are students currently pursuing a PhD in Economics. This position is part-time during the academic year, and potentially full-time during the summer. Fellows have typically completed their Ph.D. coursework and are currently working on their dissertations. Candidates are selected based on common research interests with senior researchers at IWPR and potential to contribute to existing or upcoming funded projects. Several of these fellowships are earmarked for Ph.D. students from the Department of Economics in the in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University. This program is facilitated by IWPR’s partnership with the Economics Department’s Program on Gender Analysis in Economics.

Heidi Hartmann Post-Doctoral

Heidi Hartmann Post-doctoral Fellowship

IWPR offers a full-time, two-year Post-doctoral Fellowship for those who have recently completed their Ph.D. in economics. Fellow are expected to spend 50% of their time at IWPR working on funded projects that align with their own research interests; the remaining 50% time is reserved for publishing dissertation articles and advancing an independent research agenda. Fellows have the opportunity to collaborate with and develop a mentoring relationship with senior researchers.